A few days ago I received an e-mail from Cydney, a beautiful bride from Texas (By the way, can I just tell you how much I love her name!??!). Cydney's wedding will be set at the at the Aldredge House, an elegant historical estate in Dallas. This is where she will be wearing her lavish Pronovias gown, layers of chiffon ruffles and all. Their colors are mostly neutrals with muted pastels, like sea foam, sage green and lavender. To top it off, they've hired a 1959 Rolls Royce to whisk them away to happily ever after. Simply gorgeous.
Cydney describes her groom as both edgy and athletic. Who's red carpet style is better to mimic than Leonardo DiCaprio? Leo is known for his unique blend of urban sophistication and romanticism. I've chosen some super-luxe pieces including a Salvatore Ferragamo belt and Dolce Gabana tuxedo and shoes. To update the tux, I added a black tie (a bow tie will give a more traditional vibe). By the way, the tie is under $4.00! I mixed in a few affordable pieces, such as the sleek Hugo Boss shirt, wedding band and Seiko watch. To complete the outfit, I added a pair of multi-hued cuff links from Paul Smith.
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Today, I wanted to do a quick post on lapels. First, what is a lapel? A lapel is the material around the opening of the suit or jacket that folds back towards your shoulders.
There are actually different kinds of lapels out there: notched, peaked and shawl.
Notched Lapel is sewn to the collar at an angle, creating a step effect. This is the standard on single breasted suits, and is used on nearly all suit jackets, blazers and sports jacket. The size of the notch can vary, and a small notch is called fishmouth. (Source: Wikipedia) B&BT Tip: This is a universally flattering lapel. This is best on suits, not on tuxedos. But, George Clooney is a fan.
Peaked Lapel is the most formal collar. It is a V-shaped lapel that points up and out just below the collar. This type of lapel is most commonly seen on double breasted-jackets and formal coats (tailcoat, morning coat and dinner jackets). (Source: Wikipedia) B&BT Tip: This looks a little costumey for my taste. This does not look good on men with broad shoulders. James Bond is a fan.
Shawl Lapel is a continuous curve. Most commonly seen on the dinner jacket (tuxedo). This similarly began as informal evening wear, and was then made in both more and less formal versions, depending on the situation in which it was to be used. (Source: Wikipedia) B&BT Tip: This is classic, but may seem a little too old-fashion for some. Daniel Craig is a fan.
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Debi, from Southern California, wrote to me a few days ago asking me to help her with her wedding. The ceremony and reception will take place on a beach in Carmel, CA. Guests will be greeted by Coronas, wine, rattan mats, star fish and candles. Simple. Beautiful.
Debi will don this ultra-sweet gown from JunkoYoshioro. I love the scalloped edges at the top of dress. Perfect for a beach wedding. She asked me to put together an outfit for her surfing, golfing and hockey playing groom.
Since he spends a lot of time in casual gear (board shorts and t-shirts), her groom will feel most comfortable wearing a casual, yet polished, beach-chic look! I've chosen a gray, cotton suit jacket with off-white linen pants. Underneath the groom can wear a short sleeve, fitted white shirt with a black skinny tie. To protect the groom from the sun, I've paired the suit with a pair of black, retro sunglasses and a straw, Panama hat. Finally, the groom needs shoes! Neutral colored, canvas shoes with a gray, black and white plaid detail at the heel. So cute!
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Algonquin Club, Guilded Boston and Polished Wardrobe Advising will host the Guilded Bride! This is a very special Bridal Event, where brides (and grooms) will get to attend a mock wedding. From cocktails to cake cutting, the bride will get to fully experience all the wonderful things that Boston vendors have to offer. 9tailors will, of course, be there!
Over the weekend, I watched The Way We Were for the first time. To be honest, I thought the movie was a bit on a dull side (I know. Don't hate me). But, I couldn't take my eyes off of the very, hunky Robert Redford, who plays Hubbell Gardner, an all-American athlete. His look was clean-cut, simple and classic. Again, as fate would have it, I received an e-mail from Michele, a beautiful bride from New York, asking me to help style her athletic, all-American groom, Greg.
Michele's very lovely gown is from Melissa Sweet with delicate bead work and embroidery. She needs her groom to have an equally classic look with delicate and simple details to match. Keep the lines simple - this particular tuxedo jacket has one button and a shawl lapel. Keep the accessories minimal - a bow tie, watch and silver cuff links are all you need. The Victorninox Swiss Army watch is rugged and tough, transitioning easily from the athletic field to the reception. The silver cuff links from Tiffany are a beautiful, yet simple way to style your shirt. Your groom can achieve a clean shaven look by using The Art of Shaving shaving brush and cream. Finally, don't forget your weekender bag for a quick pre-honeymoon trip to a bed & breakfast upstate.
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I was so excited to receive an e-mail from a lovely bride, Lindsay. Her wedding will be held in beautiful, central Oregon. She is hand-making all 120 napkins and cloth centerpieces from Amy Butler and Joel Dewberry fabrics (Yes!). All of her salt and pepper shakers are vintage (think owls, Marilyn Monroe, etc.) Basically, I'm already obsessed with Lindsay's wedding and I can't wait to see the photos!
Lindsay mentioned that she will be wearing this GORGEOUS ruffled dress from Thread Design. Her groom's style is fairly casual (he likes outdoor gear and snowshoes). So, I chose a neutral toned, organic suit from John Lewis - it's breathable and beautiful. I also LOVE the laid back feeling of this Get Blake shirt! The yellow and neutral tones are not too bright, so it won't compete with the decor of wedding. The wedding band with wood inlay has such an organic vibe to it as well. Finally, the outfit would not be complete without shoes! I chose a pair of brown slip-ons that the groom could wear at the ceremony. Then, he could kick-back with a pair of green, canvas shoes from Lacoste.
I've been watching episodes of Mad Men lately. However, I find myself wavering over my feelings towards Mr. Don Draper, the main character. In every episode, I have sudden urges to throw trash at the TV (when I hate him) or throw myself at the TV (when I love him). Regardless of his mysterious past, shady interactions with other women aside from his wife, Don Draper always looks dapper in his well-cut suits and slicked back hair. Anyway, I've got retro perpetually on my mind. So, it was very serendipitous when I received an e-mail from Sara, a beautiful bride from Chicago. She'll be wearing her grandmother's gown to her wedding. Love it.
Taking cues from Mad Men's classic tailoring and Sara's extraordinary gown, I decided on a three-piece, two-button pin stripe suit. Keep the suit slim to keep it modern. Sara also mentioned that she was particularly drawn to the bold, graphics of marimekko fabrics. So, a single, red poppy boutonniere would be a perfect, yet subtle nod to this designer. Also, the floral design on the cuff links also add a nice touch to the outfit. My favorite piece is probably the vintage Rolex. It's timeless, unfussy design make this a worthwhile investment.